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MEN’S HOOPS: Pittsburg State notches win against Rogers State

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Cameron Huefner and Antonio Givens II combined for 35 points off the bench to help spark the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team to an 86-75 road victory against Rogers State University on Saturday at the Claremore Expo Center.

Pittsburg State (8-7, 8-7 MIAA) placed four players in double-figure scoring. Huefner led the way with 19, while Givens added 16. Martin Vogts (13) and Ryan Pippins (10) also posted double digits. Huefner made seven of 10 shots from the floor as the Gorillas shot 54.5 percent for the game overall (30-55).

RSU (6-8, 6-8 MIAA) got a game-high 21 points from Darraja Parnell while Devin Pullum chipped in with 18 points.

Pittsburg State will return to action next Thursday when the Gorillas host MIAA rival University of Central Missouri at John Lance Arena at 3:30 p.m.

WRESTLING: Neosho wins COC tourney, Carthage fourth

REPUBLIC, Mo. Led by five individual champions and three runners-up, Neosho took first place at the Central Ozark Conference wrestling tournament on Saturday at Republic High School.

Neosho finished on top of the team standings with 331 points. Ozark was second with 252 and Nixa was third with 247.5.

Carthage (201.5), Willard (199), Carl Junction (159) and Webb City (137) finished fourth through seventh, respectively. 

Branson (135), Joplin (120) and Republic (38) rounded out the standings.



Winning individual titles for the Wildcats were Raymond Hembree (106 pounds), Hayden Crane (132), Eli Zar (145), Cayden Auch (160) and Jeremiah Larson (195).

Neosho’s Landon Kivett (120), Eric Holt (170) and Jacob Fry (220) all took second in their respective brackets.

Finishing fourth in their brackets were Wyatt Black (113), Nate Copeland (138) and Trent Neece (152). 

Jonny Chrisco (126), Cade Daniel (182) and Nikolas Olivares (285) all finished fifth. 



Eli Sneed was the champion at 138 pounds, pinning Willard’s Oscar Martinez in the title bout. 

Bradyn Tate (113), Davion King (145) and Luke Gall (182) all finished second in their brackets.

Carlos Reyes placed third at 120 and Braxdon Tate was third at 152, while Dylan Huntley (106) and Brett Rockers (170) both finished fifth.

Anthony Salas was seventh at 220, Kip Castor was eighth at 126 and Alexis Vasquez took eighth at 285. 



Carl Junction’s Jesse Cassatt was the champion at 182, edging Carthage’s Gall 5-3 in the title bout. 

Lukas Walker was the runner-up at 106, while Brennan Carey placed third at 220. 

Finishing fourth were Dexter Merrell (132), Cole Stewart (145), Cayden Bollinger (195) and Kameron Bennett (285).

Max Matthews was fifth at 113 and Chance Benford placed sixth at 160.



Jacob Ott was the runner-up at 195 pounds.

Colt Taylor placed third at 113, Roger Carranco took third at 182 and Brayden Hollingsworth finished fourth at 160.

Placing sixth were Dominic Boles (132) and Hunter England (145), while Aiden Moore (126), Rafe Mackey (138), Jackson Ward (170) and Kole Carr (285) all placed seventh. Robby Hollis finished eighth at 220. 



Josiah Vaughn placed third at 132, while Sam Melton was fourth at 106. 

Joplin’s Brendon Mynatt took fifth at 160, while Rocky Walker (126), Draven VanGilder (170), Brayden Thomas (182), Luke Gunn (220) and Gunner Price (285) all finished sixth in their brackets.

Alex Short (113) and Freddy Cerrato-Martinez (120) both placed seventh.

Reese Macios took eighth at 138 and Johnathon Burke was eighth at 145.

WOMEN’S HOOPS: Gegg’s career high leads Gorillas past Hillcats

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Tristan Gegg scored a career-high 32 points, including 20 in the second half, to help lead the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team to a 92-81 road win over Rogers State on Saturday at the Claremore Expo Center.

The Gorillas (10-5, 10-5 MIAA) shot 60.6 percent from the field in the first half en route to building a 47-35 halftime advantage against the Hillcats (4-10, 4-10 MIAA). Pittsburg State stretched its margin to as many as 18 points early in the third quarter and held off RSU down the stretch.

Gegg made 10-of-15 shots from the floor, including four of five 3-point field-goal attempts, to lead the way for the Gorillas. She has now scored 967 points in 71 career games (13.6 ppg).

Kaylee DaMitz, who posted a season-high 25 points in Pittsburg State’s 65-50 road win over Northeastern State on Jan. 28, added 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting against the Hillcats on Saturday. She also dished out a game-high seven assists to bring her career total to 367 assists. She needs three more helpers to pass Kelly Krumsick (1980-83) for fifth place on PSU’s all-time charts.

Julia Johnson added 13 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots against the Hillcats.

Julie Luna (18) and Bailey Kliewer (17) paced RSU in scoring in the contest.

Pittsburg State will return to action next Thursday when the Gorillas play host to No. 22-ranked Central Missouri at 5:30 p.m. The Jennies (12-2, 12-2 MIAA) claimed a 55-51 home win over Northwest Missouri State on Saturday.

COLLEGE HOOPS: Martin, Jenkins lead MSSU men past Northeastern State

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team nearly had a pair of players score more than 30 points as the Lions picked up a big road win today, 100-83, over Northeastern State.

Southern (8-6, 8-6 MIAA) won for the first time in Tahlequah since 2014.

Cam Martin finished with 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting and 12 rebounds. Martin moved into fourth-place on the MSSU all-time scoring list, passing Elyjah Clark in the process and has 1,825 points in just three seasons at MSSU.

Lawson Jenkins had a career-high 29 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 9-of-11 from the free throw line, including six three-pointers on the night.

Winston Dessesow scored 11 points in his first action in nearly a month and a half. Christian Bundy and RJ Smith scored nine points, while Stan Scott had eight.

NSU (2-12, 2-12 MIAA) had four score in double figures, led by Trey Locke with 22 points.

The two teams traded baskets and leads for the first 13 minutes of the game, but a three from Martin with 6:15 left in the half put the Lions on top 40-37. A layup from Martin with four to go pushed the lead to six (47-41), but the RiverHawks got back within four (50-46) with 2:15 remaining.

With 1:24 left on the clock, however, Jenkins hit the first of what would be nine free throws (9-of-10) in the final minute and a half to give the Lions a 59-48 lead at the break. Martin had 21 at the break and Jenkins had 18.

A three from Jenkins a minute and a half into the second half put the Lions up 12 (62-51) and a jumper from Christian Bundy with 15:29 made the score 65-57. The RiverHawks made a push, however, and got within one (69-68) before a three from Avery Taggart stopped the run. Jumpers from Martin and Dessesow had the Lions leading 76-71 with 9:22 to go.

A 6-0 run for NSU had the RiverHawks on top 77-76 after a bucket with seven minutes to go, but a hook shot from Martin and Jenkin’s fifth three of the game put the Lions up 83-79. Back-to-back jumpers from Dessesow pushed the lead to six (87-81) with just under five to go, before a three from Martin made the score 90-81, Lions with four minutes left.

A three from Jenkins, his sixth of the day, put the Lions up 93-81 and a layup from Martin gave the Lions their largest lead of the game to that point at 14 (95-81) and put the game away.

Southern shot 59 percent from the field and 56 percent from long-range, while making 72 percent of its free throws. The Lions had the lead for 32 minutes.

Southern will be back in action this Tuesday when the Lions start a three-game week with No. 3 ranked Northwest Missouri visiting the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Tip-off from Robert Corn Court is set for 7:30 p.m.

BOYS HOOPS: Webb City falls to Ozark at Nixa tourney

NIXA, Mo. — Ozark finished strong to earn a 73-59 win over Webb City on Saturday in the third-place game of the Nixa Invitational Tournament.

Webb City fell to 13-5, while Ozark improved to 13-5.

Cohl Vaden led Webb City with 20 points. Vaden, who scored 15 in the first half,  hit five 3-pointers. 

Trenton Hayes added 12 points and made three treys, while Mekhi Garrard chipped in nine points for the Cardinals.  

Blaine Cline scored 20 points to lead Ozark, while Ethan Whatley added 19. 

Vaden buried three treys in the first period, while Hayes hit two of his own, giving Webb City a 20-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

Vaden’s fifth 3-pointer of the game gave the Cardinals a 33-28 advantage with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.

The Tigers used a 9-2 run to take the lead. 

A pair of free throws from Garrard tied the game, but Ozark’s Kyle Flavin drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 40-37 at the break. 

Ozark extended its lead to seven early in the third period, and the Tigers were up 54-49 entering the fourth quarter.

A hoop by Nickhai Howard cut Webb City’s deficit to three at 58-55, but the Tigers used a 13-3 surge to take a 71-58 lead with two minutes remaining.

In the tournament’s championship game, Kickapoo beat Nixa 84-69. Parkview defeated Springfield Central 56-43 in the fifth-place game. 

Webb City hosts Willard on Tuesday night. 

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BOYS HOOPS: Harrisonville holds on for win over Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage found itself trailing double digits in the second half before rallying in the fourth quarter to take the lead back only to see Harrisonville regain the advantage with less than 90 seconds to play on the way to a 72-67 win on Saturday.

“I told our guys that we are close,” Carthage coach Nathan Morris said. “We are right there. We keep telling them it is going to happen, and I think they understand. They are frustrated, but they understand that good things are coming for this basketball team.

“We played 32 extremely hard, competitive minutes last night against Nevada. And again, we played 32 hard, competitive minutes today. We just came up short. We missed some shots late. I think we were fighting for 32 minutes, but I think we had some guys running on fumes at the end unfortunately.”

The game opened with each team trading baskets, and it wasn’t until the midway point of the opening period when Harrisonville put together the game’s first surge. After Carthage’s Justin Ray knocked down a bucket to give the Tigers their first lead, 9-8, the Wildcats answered with an 8-0 run fueled by five points from Brooks Langrehr to take a 16-9 lead, which prompted a timeout from Coach Morris.

“I told them we have seen their best, but we hadn’t played well yet,” Morris said. “I told them good things were coming. … This group is able to answer and bounce back from adversity, and that part I am proud of.”

After going into the second period trailing 20-15, the Tigers (6-12) cut the lead to 26-24 on a 3-pointer from Ray at the 3:08 mark. Ray’s triple ignited a 13-4 run to close the first half with a 34-30. 

“To start the game, they did not defend our two bigs,” Morris said of this difference between his team’s play in the first and second quarters. “They were taking away our three guards, so I challenged our two posts — Caden and Silas — to take offense to that. We executed some sets and set some good screens for our scorers and really answered the bell right there.”

Ray accounted for five points during the run, while Silas Templeman used a three-point play to give Carthage the 29-28 lead before adding another basket inside. Max Templeman finished out the run splashing a 3-ball from the corner.

“There are moments when Justin can be better defensively, and I think he knows that,” Morris said of his freshman guard’s play. “He took a challenge with their point guard tonight and really, really battled with that kid. If we get that young man engaged on both ends (like today), we are going to have a fun four years with Justin Ray.”

The Wildcats (10-6) wasted little time in the second half taking back the momentum, scoring the first 12 points of the third quarter to regain the lead, 42-34, with 5:11 on the clock. Langrehr and Billy Bottcher started the run with inside scores before Kennedy Atkinson knocked down a turnaround jumper in the paint. Conner Blixt added a 3-pointer and Kobe Norris finished off the surge with a three-point play.

“We didn’t double the post like we were supposed to,” Morris said of Harrisonville’s start to the second half. “They really executed some sets there and took advantage.”

Carthage trailed by as many as 11 in the period before Ray drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring Carthage within single digits of the lead to start the fourth, 51-43.

Down seven early in the final period, Carthage scored 10 unanswered points to once again retake the lead. Max Templeman had four points in the run before Clay Kinder knocked down a trey from the corner with 5:30 to play to bring the Tigers all the way back with a 55-53 lead.

“I told our guys that I am really happy with our community,” Morris said. “You can tell how hard our kids played by how the crowd cheered for these guys. They saw the effort and intensity that our group showed. That means something to Carthage basketball now.”

Both teams exchanged scores with Carthage clinging to a one-possession lead before Harrisonville scored six straight points, building the lead to 67-63 with 35.6 seconds remaining on two free throws from Langrehr.

Ray converted on a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3.3 ticks remaining to bring the game to one possession, 70-67, but a Langrehr free throw with 1.1 seconds left in regulation sealed the win for the Wildcats.

“I told our guys we have to start and end every quarter like it’s a two-point game,” Morris said. “At times, I think we fail to be locked in at the start and end of every quarter. That comes with the inexperience.”


Ray led Carthage and tied for the game-high scoring mark with 25 points, while Max Templeman finished with 19 points. Joel Pugh scored 10 and Silas Templeman added nine.

Langrehr led the Wildcats with 25 points, while Norris and Blixt finished with 12 each. 


Carthage is at Joplin on Tuesday.

COLLEGE HOOPS: Stokes leads Missouri Southern women to road win

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.  — The Missouri Southern women’s basketball team fended off a late rally by Northeastern State to win 68-61 behind Madi Stokes’ 20 points inside the NSU Events Expo on Saturday.

Southern (6-8, 6-8 MIAA) was led offensively by Stokes with 20 points shooting 8-of-12 from the field, 4-of-4 from the free throw line while collecting 18 rebounds. Carley Turnbull had 16 points and five rebounds while dishing out three assists. Layne Skiles had eight points going 2-of-4 from behind the three-point line, Megan Jackson had seven points going a team-high 5-of-6 from the free throw line and Brooke Stauffer had a career-high four assists. Kaitlin Hunnicutt and Amaya Johns led the bench scoring effort with five points each.

Northeastern State. (4-10, 4-10 MIAA) was led offensively by Zaria Collins with 13 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Cenia Hays had 12 points going 2-of-4 from behind the three-point line, and Kiarra Brooks led all bench scorers with 10 points going 2-of-4 from the three-point line.

Stokes got the scoring started for Southern with a jumper at the free throw line from a Megan Jackson assist with 8:51 on the clock. On the next possession for the Lions’ Stokes would give them the lead this time from a Stauffer assist with 7:29 remaining.

Turnbull ended a 7-0 run by Southern with a three from a Hailey Grant feed with 1:15 left to push the lead to six (15-9).

Turnbull hit the first basket of the second quarter for Southern with 9:03 remaining to push the lead to seven (20-13). Stokes finished off a 9-0 run by the Lions’ with two free throws as 2:48 was left in the half that stretched the score to 33-19. Hailey Grant hit a jumper with 1:03 left in the half to put the lead back to 14 before the RiverHawks hit a free throw with under a second left on the clock to go into halftime up 36-23.

In the half, Southern shot 54 percent from the field and had 11 points off 11 Northeastern State turnovers.

On the first possession of the second half Skiles connected on a turnaround jumper from a Turnbull feed to push to a game-high 15 (38-23). Northeastern State ended the quarter on a 11-3 run after exchanging baskets with the Lions’ for most of the quarter. Hunnicutt hit a three with 23 seconds remaining to cool the RiverHawks run.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth contest as the RiverHawks got their first lead since 4:19 left in the first quarter with 4:53 remaining in the game. Coming out of a media timeout Stokes made two free throws to equal the score at 54 with 4:38 left.

Skiles connected on a three on the next possession for Southern to regain the lead, Collins responded with a layup for the RiverHawks in their next possession. After Collins layup the Lions’ went on a 9-0 run to seal the game as Anna Hall hit free throws with 2:38 left to put the game out of the RiverHawks reach (63-56).

Next up for Southern is a return home to start a three-game week. Northwest Missouri is the opponent for Tuesday with tip-off from the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center set at 5:30 p.m.

PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: CHC’s Bishop reaches milestone; Carthage boys fall at Nevada; McAuley earns road win


College Heights senior standout Grace Bishop surpassed 1,000 career points with a hoop early in the game.

Bishop scored 21 points on the night.

After leading by four at the half, the Cougars extended their advantage to 10 by the end of the third period at 41-31. The fourth quarter was nearly even, as CHC outscored Wheaton 15-13.  

College Heights will compete at McAuley’s Warrior Classic next week. 

Wheaton won the boys game 58-54.



NEVADA, Mo. — In a clash between Tigers, Nevada defeated Carthage 70-60 on Friday night in a non-conference boys basketball game at Wynn Gymnasium.

Nevada hiked its record to 12-5, while Carthage fell to 6-11.

Nevada’s Logan Applegate scored a game-high 26 points with six treys. Nevada’s Ben Hines added 16 points, while Logan McNeley had 12. 

Carthage’s Joel Pugh scored 22 points, with 16 coming in the first half. Pugh made five 3-pointers. 

Also for Carthage, Max Templeman scored 10, while Silas Templeman and Justin Ray had nine points apiece and Caden Kabance contributed eight. 

Both teams made 10 3-pointers. 

Nevada jumped out to an 18-8 lead, but Carthage finished the opening frame on a 9-0 run, trimming their deficit to one.

Pugh’s fourth trey and Kabance’s hoop in the lane cut Nevada’s lead to one at 28-27 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.

With a late surge, Nevada led 37-29 at intermission. Next, Nevada held a 56-47 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. 

Carthage pulled within two with just under six minutes left in the game, but Applegate scored seven straight points on a trey and two layups to give the hosts some breathing room. 

Carthage hosts Harrisonville at 2:30 on Saturday and at Joplin on Tuesday. Nevada travels to Monett on Tuesday. 



EXETER, Mo. — Thomas Black poured in 25 points and Daniel Wagner added 22 for the Warriors.

Black, who made 11 field goals, scored 19 in the first half. 

Rocco Bazzano-Joseph and Matthew Dohmen chipped in nine points apiece for McAuley. 

The Warriors led 40-33 at halftime. McAuley’s lead was 56-50 at the end of the third period. The Warriors finished strong, outscoring the hosts 15-5 in the fourth quarter. 

McAuley (6-10) returns to action Wednesday against the Carl Junction JV at their own Mercy Warrior Classic.

McAuley’s girls beat Exeter 65-27 to improve to 12-6.

BOYS HOOPS: Big second quarter lifts McDonald County past Neosho

NEOSHO, Mo. — Neosho took a one-point advantage into the second quarter before McDonald County opened with a double-digit run before taking a commanding 19-point lead by halftime in an 80-64 victory over the Wildcats on Friday for the Mustangs’ fifth straight win.

“It wasn’t the best quarter we’ve had,” Neosho coach Zane Culp said of his team’s play in the second period. “But at the same time, McDonald County hit a lot of shots and played really well. We eventually cut the lead to five after being down 19, but I think we just ran out of gas.” 

Following a back-and-forth first quarter that saw Neosho (10-7) on top 17-16, McDonald County (7-9) opened the second period with a 12-0 run to take a double-digit lead less than three minutes into the period.

“A lot of turnovers and quick shots (by us),” Culp said when asked what led to the Mustangs’ second-quarter run. “They hit lots of good shots, too. I have to give them that. They also have a good half-court press. Not only does it make turnovers happen, but it makes you take shots you normally wouldn’t.”

Cross Dowd started the second with a driving score to give the Mustangs the lead before knocking down a 3-pointer to make the score 21-17 at the seven-minute mark. Cole Martin and Pierce Harmon added two free throws each before Martin sank a 3-pointer from the wing to give McDonald County a 28-17 advantage with 5:26 on the clock. 

After Neosho’s Landon Austin earned a steal for a score on the break at the other end to trim the lead to nine, Garrett Gricks scored inside and drew contact for a three-point play before grabbing an offensive rebound for a put-back score. Harmon knocked down two charities to push the lead to 37-21 with 40 seconds left in the half.

Harmon closed out the first half with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Neosho into a 42-23 hold by the intermission.

Neosho made a charge in the third quarter, using an early 12-2 run to trim the lead to single digits with four minutes off the clock, 46-37. Dalton Brodie had six points, including a pair of offensive boards for put-backs, while Chase Flynn also had six, including a layup on the break following an Isaiah Green steal to close the run.

“It was an intense conversation (at halftime),” Culp said. “They were playing harder than us. I was proud of our kids for fighting back. If you are down 19 and you cut it to single digits, that’s good. We just have to find a way to stop the bleeding quicker.”

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Austin picked up his fourth foul shortly after and was forced to the bench for the remainder of the quarter. Neosho was able to maintain the pace through the end of the third, heading into the final eight minutes trailing 55-47.

“I think Chase played great tonight,” Culp said of Flynn’s play particularly with Austin off the floor. “We just need less turnovers, and that’s going to happen because we play two or three sophomores. If one of our seniors gets into foul trouble, we are going to be in trouble. That showed tonight.”

Noesho cut the lead down to five, 55-50, off an Austin drive near the 6:50 mark of the fourth quarter. After the Mustangs converted on the other end, Austin picked up his fifth foul with 6:17 left. From there, McDonald County went on a 10-1 run to build a 67-51 lead while stealing the momentum for the final time in the game with five minutes to play.

“The wind really came out of our sails when we cut it to five and Landon fouled out with them going to the free-throw line,” Culp said. “One thing that Landon does, he slots people into positions to be successful (offensively and defensively) when he, or any senior is on the floor. … It’s pretty apparent when Landon, or any senior, comes out, it puts us in a flux a little bit.”


Flynn led Neosho with 21 points, while Brodie finished with 16. Austin eight in the first half and finished with 13, with Green closing with 12.

Dowd led McDonald COunty with 21 points, while Eli McClain scored 16. Harmon finished with 13 and Martin added 11.


Neosho hosts Carl Junction on Tuesday.

McAuley Catholic set to host annual Mercy Warrior Classic

The annual Mercy Warrior Classic basketball tournament begins on Monday at McAuley Catholic.

The girls field consists of College Heights, McAuley, Thomas Jefferson, Lamar, Lamar’s JV and Sheldon.

The boys tourney features Thomas Jefferson, College Heights Christian, Joplin’s junior varsity, Sheldon, Carl Junction’s JV and the host Warriors. 

“I’m excited,” McAuley Catholic athletics director and girls basketball coach Mike Howard said. “We’re bringing in some really good teams and it should be a lot of good competition on the boys and girls side. It should be a fun week of basketball.” 

The tourney begins on Monday and wraps up Saturday. 

“It’s going to be a good one,” McAuley boys basketball coach Tony Witt said of the tourney. “TJ’s state-ranked, College Heights is tough and Joplin’s JV will probably be the most athletic team in the tournament. There should be some really good games.” 

The lone girls game Monday features McAuley vs. Sheldon at 5.  Monday’s boys games feature Thomas Jefferson against the Joplin JV at 6:30, with College Heights taking on the Carl Junction JV at 8. 

On Tuesday, the College Heights girls meet Lamar’s JV at 5, followed by the Lamar varsity vs. Sheldon at 6:30. The Thomas Jefferson boys take on Sheldon at 8. 

McAuley’s boys kick off the event at 5 on Wednesday against Carl Junction’s JV. 

Also Wednesday, the CHC girls meet TJ at 6:30 before the Joplin JV boys take on Sheldon at 8. 

Thursday’s schedule has Thomas Jefferson’s girls against Lamar’s JV at 5, the McAuley girls meet Lamar at 6:30 and the McAuley boys square off against College Heights at 8.

Friday’s schedule has the fifth place games for girls (5) and boys (6:30). 

Saturday’s slate has the girls third place game at 1, the boys third place game at 3, the girls title game at 5 and the boys championship game at 7.


COLLEGE HOOPS: Stokes’ historic 30-20 game propels Missouri Southern women to OT win


CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Missouri Southern women’s basketball team utilized an historic performance by Madi Stokes and came away with an 81-78 overtime win over Rogers State inside the Claremore Expo Center today.

Southern (5-8, 5-8 MIAA) was led offensively by Stokes with a career-high 31 points shooting 13-of-19 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line while grabbing a game-high 21 boards and swatting away seven shots. Stokes picks up her fourth double-double of the season, third career game with five-plus blocks tying Zoe Campbell (17-pres.) for the Southern career mark. Second 20+ rebound game this season the most in program history. Stokes is the first Lion to record a 30-point 20 rebound game and she tied a Southern record with seven blocks in the game (Zoe Campbell at Harding 11-9-19). Stokes is now tied for fifth in career shots blocked at Southern with Marie Scott (95-97) with 67.

Carley Turnbull had 12 points shooting 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line while grabbing nine rebounds. Megan Jackson had 10 points shooting 6-of-8 from the free throw line and providing a team-high five assists.

Rogers State (4-9, 4-9 MIAA) was led offensively by Vanessa Gajdosova with 19 points going 5-of-9 from behind the three-point line while dishing out a game-high six assists.

Brooke Stuaffer got the Lions on top with a layup to set it at 4-2 with 9:01 remaining in the quarter. Megan Jackson cut the Hillcats’ lead to one (9-8) with 5:46 left off a jumper to end a 7-2 run by Rogers State.

In the quarter Rogers State went 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

The Lions opened up the second quarter on an 8-0 run as Madi Stokes capped the run with a face-up jumper from a Hunnicutt assist to take the 20-19 led with 7:22 left in the half. Following a Kloe Bowin layup for the Hillcats, Southern responded with a 6-0 run as Brooke Stauffer connected on a jumper with 3:50 remaining to push the lead to five (26-21). Layne Skiles would push the lead to six (31-25) with 38 seconds left in the half.

Southern limited the Hillcats to 13 percent shooting from the field in the quarter while shooting 57 percent themselves.

Stokes converted a turnaround jumper and-one to push the lead to four (37-33) with 7:40 left in the third. Rogers State went on a 6-0 run and led by two after a Kliewer three-point play (39-37) with 6:32 remaining. Stokes got the lead for the Lions’ with 5:05 left after converting on a layup to put it at (41-39). The Lions went on a 9-3 run capped off by Emily Kuntze sinking two free-throws to put it at (52-47) to end the quarter.

The Lions started the fourth on a 6-0 run that pushed the lead to 11 (58-47) forcing a Hillcats timeout. Rogers State responded with a 6-0 run as Alyche Brown sank two free throws to cut the lead to five with 5:19 left. Stokes pushed the lead back up to eight (65-57) with 1:54 left after hitting a free throw. The last minute of regulation saw the Hillcats go on an 11-5 run as Gajdosova hit a banked corner three with a second remaining in regulation to tie and send the game into overtime.

The Lions got their first points of overtime with a Stokes turnaround jumper to tie it at 73 with 4:43 remaining. Turnbull connected on a three-point play with 4:03 left to put Southern ahead by three (76-73). Rogers State came back with a 5-0 run to take the lead (78-76) after a Thompson free throw with 2:40 left. Turnbull answered with a putback layup with 58 seconds left before Jackson took the lead for good with two free throws with seven seconds remaining. Stokes put the finishing touches on her career night making a free throw with a second left.

Southern shot 50 percent from the field while limiting the Hillcats to 31 percent, out rebounded them 44-38, and scored more points in the paint 38-20.

The Lions will be back in action at Northeastern State this Saturday. Tip off from the NSU Event Center in Tahlequah is slated for 1:30 pm.


COLLEGE HOOPS: Big games from Bundy, Martin lift Missouri Southern men


CLAREMORE, Okla. – Cam Martin scored a season-high 38 points and Christian Bundy posted his first-ever double-double with a career-high 25 points and the Missouri Southern men’s basketball program took out Rogers State 96-87 inside the Claremore Expo Center.

Southern (7-6, 7-6 MIAA) had four score in double-figures led by Martin and Bundy. Martin went 11-of-16 from the field and 13-of-13 from the free throw line for 38 points and eight rebounds, while dishing out five assists. The 38 points put Martin in fifth-place in the all-time scoring list at MSSU with 1,794 points in just three years in the Green and Gold. Martin also went over 700 rebounds in his career and has 705 after the night, while the one block he had give him 92 blocks and puts him in fifth-place all-time in that category.

Bundy was on fire in the first half and finished the night with 25 points and 10 rebounds, going 8-of-12 from the field, 4-of-5 from long-range and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Lawson Jenkins scored 16 with five made three’s, while Stan Scott chipped in 12 points and seven boards.

RSU (6-7, 6-7 MIAA) had five in double-figures led by 23 points from Devin Pullum.

Both teams traded baskets early on, but a pair of freebies from Scott with 16:02 on the clock put the Lions on top 10-9. Bundy then went to work. Already with a three-pointer, Bundy connected on back-to-back-to-back three’s to put the Lions up 19-11 with 13 minutes to go. A pair of freebies from Martin with 12:31 left put the Lions up 21-11, but RSU answered back with a 9-0 run to get within a point (21-20) with ten to go.

Southern led 25-22 after a pair of free throws from Martin with 8:51 left, but three-straight freebies from the Hillcats tied the game at 25 with eight to go. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the half and Southern went into the locker room, trailing 43-40.

Bundy was perfect from the floor in the first half going 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from long-range.

Martin started the second half with a bucket to get the Lions within one and a bucket from Martin with 15:35 from Martin put the Lions in front 51-49 before a dunk from Scott extended the lead to four (53-49) the next trip down. A four-point play from Jenkins with 13 minutes to go put the Lions up 59-53, but the Hillcats went on an 8-0 run to lead 61-59 after a three-pointer with 11:58 on the clock.

Jenkins’ fourth three of the half put the Lions up 69-68 with 8:33 left, while a three from Martin and a bucket from Scott put the Lions up 74-70 with 5:55 to go. A pair of free throws from Bundy with 4:18 to go put the Lions up three (77-74) and a three from Martin gave the Lions an 80-76 leads with 3:43 to go.

Two freebies from Martin, a three from Jenkins and a three-point play from Scott put the Lions up 88-79 with 1:52 to go. A three from Avery Taggart with under a minute to go put the Lions up 91-83 and a dunk from Bundy with 28 seconds left put the game away.

The Lions shot 49 percent from the field, 46 percent from long-range and 85 percent from the free throw line. Southern had a 40-29 advantage on the boards.

Next up for the Lions will be Northeastern State as Southern will travel to Tahlequah on Saturday. Tip off is set for 3:30 pm.


PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Carthage girls, Webb City boys earn wins; TJ boys fall to Golden City


CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage senior Hailey Fullerton poured in a career-high 35 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Tigers, who returned to action after a long layoff.

“Hailey was our offensive catalyst in the second and third quarters, which is how we scored 50 points as a team in the middle two quarters,” Tigers coach Scott Moore said.  

Carthage (11-7) hadn’t played in two weeks.

“The two-week gap between games showed with a sluggish first half, but we came out with more energy and better execution in the second half and ran away from a hot shooting Seneca team tonight,” Moore said. 

Kianna Yates added 14 points and Brinna Ream had 13 for the Tigers, who led 35-30 at the half before pulling away in the third quarter.

Carthage outscored Seneca 29-15 in the third period. 

“We will need to play better over the entire 32 minutes next week when we host Republic on Thursday, and the girls know that,” Moore said. “They will be up for that challenge.” 

Aliya Grotjohn scored 33 points for the Indians, who fell to 6-12, while Makayla French had 10. 



NIXA, Mo. — Webb City pulled away late a 57-51 win over Parkview on Thursday night at the Nixa Invitational Tournament. 

The Cardinals trailed 26-25 at halftime, but Webb City led 40-39 at the end of the third quarter.

The Cardinals outscored the Vikings 17-12 in the fourth quarter to secure the close win.

Luke Brumit scored 20 points, making 9-of-10 shots and 2-of-3 free throws, and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals (13-4). 

Nickhai Howard added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists for Webb City, while Mekhi Garrard and Cohl Vaden contributed nine points apiece. 

Elijah Whitley scored 22 points for Parkview (5-8). 



DIAMOND, Mo. — Thomas Jefferson took a 30-25 lead into the intermission before Golden City took the lead in the third and pulled away in the fourth on the way to the win.

The Eagles (15-4) outscored the Cavaliers (13-3) by eight in the third to take a three-point lead into the final right minutes, 47-44. Golden City doubled up Thomas Jefferson 22-11 in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles had just four players reach the scoreboard, but all of them put up double digits. Matt Weiser led the way with 24, while Chain Parrill finished with 18 and Lane Dunlap scored 17. Josh Reeves added 10. 

Caden Myers led Thomas Jefferson with 18 points, while Jay Ball added 13. Drew Goodhope had nine and Tyler Brouhard had eight.

Thomas Jefferson takes part in the Mercy Warrior Classic with a matchup against Joplin JV on Monday.

BOYS HOOPS: Wagner reaches milestone in McAuley’s win over Jasper

Daniel Wagner was a bit caught off guard when the McAuley Catholic faithful erupted following his third quarter layup. 

“It was surprising,” Wagner said. “I didn’t think I made that good of a layup. Then I realized what had just happened. It was a pretty amazing feeling.” 

A 6-foot-2 senior, Wagner surpassed 1,000 career points in McAuley Catholic’s 75-59 victory over Jasper on Thursday night.

Wagner entered the night needing 17 points to reach the milestone. With 15 points already in the books, Wagner scored on a strong drive down the lane with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter to hit 1,000.

After Wagner scored his 17th point, Warriors coach Tony Witt called a timeout, and McAuley’s fans gave Wagner a standing ovation and the school’s student section began chanting his name. 

“It felt really great,” Wagner said. 

“It was awesome to see,” Witt said. “It’s cool to experience that as a player, but I think it’s even better as a coach to be a part of that. His work ethic has been great.” 

Wagner, who finished the night with 23 points on seven field goals and 9-of-11 free throws, said he never imagined he’d reach 1,000 career points back a couple of years ago.

“It wasn’t really an accomplishment I thought I could get when I started playing varsity my sophomore year,” Wagner said. “I didn’t think it was a possibility at all. The game has just come to me, it’s been great. The key has been putting in the time, working hard, staying with it and relying on my teammates. I’ve been playing with these guys since elementary school, so we have a bond. Those guys have kept me going.”

Senior Matthew Dohmen also had a memorable night. Dohmen scored a game-high 26 points. He hit four 3-pointers. 

“Matt was big for us,” Witt said. “We’ve been waiting for him to break out. I’m glad he did that tonight on a win.” 

Senior Thomas Black added 11 points for McAuley (5-10).

As far as the game, McAuley got off to a blistering start, as the hosts scored the first 19 points of the night.

The Warriors were able to take control early by pushing the pace.

“We had a great start,” Witt said. “We disrupted how they wanted to play and we were playing fast. We turned them over and we capitalized on their turnovers. That was big for us. That’s something we haven’t done lately.”

The Warriors led 21-9 at the end of the first quarter and the hosts were up 41-18 at the half.

McAuley extended its lead to 57-25 in the third quarter. 

Jasper cut its deficit to 16 points in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles would get no closer. 

“It was kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation for us tonight though,” Witt said. “Luckily, we pulled it out.”

Jasper’s Jared Tidball scored 22 points and Ethan Cawyer added 19 points.

The Warriors return to action on Friday night at Exeter. 



BOYS HOOPS: East Newton pulls away from Joplin down the stretch

GRANBY, Mo. — Joplin found itself in an early hole and was unable to climb out of it before East Newton pulled away to a 66-50 win on Thursday.

The Patriots (18-1) and Eagles (10-7) traded early scores before the Patriots closed the opening quarter with a run to build a nine-point lead. East Newton led by as many as 13 in the second period before Joplin cut it to seven by the intermission. The Eagles trimmed the margin to five late in the third quarter before East Newton scored 10 unanswered for a 15-point cushion in the fourth on the way to the win.

“East Newton is a really good team,” Joplin coach Jeff Hafer said. “There is a reason they are 18-1 now. … We struggled with a lot of what we’ve struggled with throughout the year—points in the paint and guarding the ball. … For us, it’s about toughness. We have a group that is battling themselves a little bit. … As we mature and accept some of those things, they are going to see a lot of success.”

East Newton’s Kyson Lahman set the tone in the paint for the Patriots’ 17-8 opening quarter, scoring five of the first seven points for his team while finishing the first eight minutes with 10 total.

“I told our kids before the game that he may not be the most-athletic player, but he is probably one of the most-skilled and savvy big guys we’ve played, if not the most, all year. … What he does probably better than anything, if you don’t front him, he buries your right at the basket and does a great job using his body.”

Holding a 21-15 advantage three-plus minutes into the second, the Patriots used a 7-0 run fueled by a pair of baskets by Gabe Bergen and a bucket from Lucas Kimbrough to push the margin to 28-15.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well early,” Hafer said. “We also, again, just missed a lot at the basket. When you miss layups, those are essentially turnovers. … That hurt. … We had opportunities early and didn’t capitalize. It was a dogfight from there.”

Joplin’s Dante Washington converts a twisting layup in the loss to East Newton on Thursday. Photos by Shawn Fowler.

Joplin finished out the first half with the final six points, with Always Wright coming up with two scores sandwiched around a Dante Washington offensive rebound and put-back score to cut the deficit to 28-21.

East Newton pushed the lead back to 10, 37-27, at the 4:07 mark when Tanner Youngblood converted inside while drawing contact for a three-point play and held the pace for another 90 seconds.

Joplin used a score on the drive from All Wright and a deep 3-pointer from Always Wright to bring East Newton’s lead down to five, 41-36, with less than two minutes to play.

“You have to get stops and you have to get to the rim,” Hafer said of his team’s ability to cut the lead to two possessions in the third. “We attacked a lot better during that stretch, getting to the rim or the free-throw line. That is big for us—being able to guard the paint on one end and get to the paint on the other end.”

Connor Killion knocked down a running shot at the buzzer to end the third and the Patriots scored the first eight points of the fourth, led by a 3-pointer and a three-point play from Kimbrough, to push the lead up to 15 midway through the fourth, 51-36. East Newton never relinquished the momentum for the final horn.


Kimbrough finished with a game-high 21 points to lead East Newton in scoring. Lahman finished the game with 18 points, with Bergen scoring 11.

Always Wright led Joplin with 16 points, while Washington finished with 12. All Wright had eight.


Joplin hosts Carthage on Tuesday.

East Newton is at Cassville on Tuesday.

GIRLS HOOPS: McAuley girls ride big third quarter to win over Jasper

The 1-2 punch of Kayleigh Teeter and Kennedy DeRuy led the McAuley Catholic girls basketball team to a 47-34 victory over Jasper on Thursday night.

A 5-foot-4 junior, Teeter led the way with 19 points on nine field goals. Teeter scored 10 in the first half and nine after the break, and also hounded Jasper point guard Alexis Durman.

A 5-7 junior, DeRuy added 11 points on four field goals and a pair of free throws. 

Warriors coach Mike Howard has come to expect the duo to lead the way for his squad.

“They did a really good job for us tonight,” Howard said. “Kayleigh was really efficient offensively. And I was really impressed with Kayleigh’s defense. She held Durman to seven points and they were all free throws. She’s been averaging about 20 a game. She’s a nice player, she’s very quick and she’s scored over 1,000 points, so Kayleigh did a great job on her. And Kennedy didn’t force shots and she did a good job on the boards.”

The Warriors improved to 11-6. 

McAuley led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter, and the hosts held a 22-12 lead after a short jumper from Abbey Cahalan. 

But the Eagles closed the first half on an 8-2 surge, cutting their deficit to 24-20 at halftime.

“We started out in a triangle-and-two to try and take away their best two players,” Howard said. “In the first quarter, it worked pretty well, but then they started beating it by getting to the basket and drawing fouls. They got us out of our game in the second quarter. They out-played us.”

Ignited by a defensive change, McAuley finished the third period on a 17-2 run to take control, with 14 unanswered points during the surge. 

The spurt was capped by Teeter’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, which gave McAuley a comfortable 45-25 advantage heading into the final frame. 

Teeter and DeRuy combined for 15 of the 17 points in the burst, as Kloee Williamson chipped in a hoop. 

Jasper was limited to two field goals in the third quarter. 

Howard noted his team’s defense did a solid job of containing the speedy Durman. 

“In the third quarter, we switched things up and went to a box-and-one (on Durman),” Howard said. “We focused on trying to keep her out of the paint and out of the lane. We wanted to make other people beat us. I have to give credit to our girls. I think they did a really good job defensively. We got some turnovers and some rebounds and transition points.”

The Eagles outscored the Warriors 9-2 in the fourth quarter, but McAuley’s lead was never in jeopardy.

Mercadez Scott scored eight points for Jasper, while Durman and Olivia Moss had seven points apiece. 

McAuley returns to action at Exeter on Friday night. 


BOYS HOOPS: Webb City falls to host Eagles at Nixa Invitational

NIXA, Mo. — Webb City suffered a 77-56 setback to the host Eagles in a first-round game of the Nixa Invitational Tournament on Wednesday night.

Webb City fell to 12-4, while Nixa improved to 14-2.

Alex Martin scored 11 points to lead the Cardinals, while Nickhai Howard and Mekhi Garrard added 10 points apiece. Howard also had seven assists and seven rebounds.

Trenton Hayes contributed nine points for the Cardinals, while Cohl Vaden had seven. 

Webb City made 23-of-56 shots (41 percent), including 6-for-20 on 3-pointers. 

Nixa made 26-of-54 field goal attempts (48 percent). 

Jaret Nelson scored 16 for the Eagles, while Kael Combs had 15. Jason Jones added 14 points, while Colton Berry had 13. 

Nixa jumped out to a 12-4 lead, but the Cardinals closed the opening period on an 11-5 run to trim their deficit to two at the end of the first quarter at 17-15. 

Webb City briefly went ahead in the second quarter after a 3-pointer from Vaden, but the Eagles re-took the lead for good moments later.

A trey from Hayes trimmed Nixa’s lead to 31-29, but the Eagles finished the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 40-29 lead at intermission.

Nixa continued to extend its lead in the third period, and the Eagles were up 58-41 entering the fourth quarter. 

Nixa’s lead was never in jeopardy the rest of the way. 

Webb City plays Parkview at 6 on Thursday night at the event. 


COLLEGE SIGNING: Joplin soccer player Josh Yarnall inks his letter of intent to Central Methodist University

Ever since he was a little kid, it was Josh Yarnall’s dream to play soccer at the collegiate level.

“Whenever I was a little kid, I wasn’t the smartest or wasn’t the best at reading,” Yarnall said when asked what the game of soccer means to him. “But when I played soccer, I felt like I was on an even field with everyone. I played soccer from a very young age and growing up, I knew that is what I wanted to do in the future.”

The Joplin senior realized that dream on Wednesday, as Yarnall, with family by his side, signed a letter of intent to attend Central Methodist University. 

“It feels amazing,” Yarnall said. “I have had a lot of great offers and a lot of great opportunities. I’m really grateful Central Methodist offered because they have a lot of the things I want both academically and for sports.”

Yarnall had several schools who were interested in him—Columbia College, Hannibal-LaGrange University and Wingate University. Of course, when it came to Central Methodist, the Eagles checked all the boxes.

“For one, I wanted to go into nursing and they have a great nursing program there,” Yarnall said. “But they are also the defending NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) champions for the past two years, so they have a great soccer program. I am really glad that I get to be a part of that.”

How will Yarnall be used at Central Methodist? He has an idea from the coaching staff on what the plan will be to start his career, noting he could see time at several positions.

“They have a very direct kind of play,” Yarnall said. “They will probably have me at defender or midfielder. But they also like to rotate players around. I have had to play throughout my soccer career, so I am excited to see where they put me out there.”

Yarnall is ready to get his collegiate soccer career started, and has already set several goals for himself in his first season.

“Right now, my earliest goal is to help defend the NAIA National Championship,” Yarnall said. “I hope that I will be able to make it to the first team there. Those are my goals while keeping my grades up.”

Desiree Felker named new Joplin volleyball coach

Desiree Felker is the new head volleyball coach at Joplin High School.

Joplin announced the hire on Wednesday via Twitter.

“We are proud to announce Desiree Felker as our new head volleyball coach,” Joplin Athletics tweeted. “Desiree is coming to us from Webb City with a wealth of volleyball experience and passion. She will be teaching at JHS. Please help welcome her to the Eagle family.”

Felker has been an assistant at Webb City for head coach Rhonda Lawrence.

“I am so excited to start this new journey,” Felker tweeted on Wednesday. “Six years ago when I started teaching and coaching I never dreamed I would have this opportunity. I am so thankful for everyone that has helped me along the way. My time in Webb City has been amazing, but I am thrilled to be an Eagle.”

Felker replaces Staci Saunders, who resigned at the conclusion of the fall season.

Saunders spent the last 10 seasons as Joplin’s head coach after previously being an assistant at her alma mater for 12 years.

Felker is a Carl Junction High School graduate, where she was a standout player for Sarah Wall’s Bulldogs.

GIRLS HOOPS ROUNDUP: College Heights, McAuley and Mount Vernon earn wins; Carl Junction falls to Parkview


VERONA, Mo. — College Heights Christian limited Verona to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters en route to victory on Tuesday. 

The Cougars (15-2) didn’t allow a field goal over the first eight minutes, jumping out to a 10-2 lead after the first quarter. CHC knocked down three 3-pointers as a team in the second quarter and ballooned the lead to 19 points by the intermission. Grace Bishop had two of the triples, while Jayli Johnson also connected from the perimeter. 

Bishop led all scorers with 18 points, with Catie Secker adding 10 in the win for the Cougars. Johnson and Layni Lett each scored eight.

College Heights hosts Wheaton on Friday.



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Parkview outscored Carl Junction 22-6 in the first quarter and rode that cushion to the win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

Kamari Ouck scored 14 of her game-high 28 points to pace the way for the Vikings in the opening eight minutes. Mikaela Whalen scored eight of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to stave off a CJ comeback.

The Bulldogs (11-5) outscored the Vikings 18-12 in the final quarter, with Destiny Buerge scoring 10 of those points. Buerge finished the game as the second-leading scoring, putting up a team-high 26. Klohe Burk scored 12 and Jessa Hylton finished with 10 in the loss.

Carl Junction is at Neosho on Feb. 1.



The Warriors overcame a sluggish start and finished strong in a 41-30 come-from-behind win over Wheaton. 

Wheaton led 11-1 early in the game.

“From that point forward, our defense played very well,” McAuley coach Mike Howard said. “Even though we had an off night offensively, our defense kept us in the game and was the focal point in this victory. I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts tonight.”

McAuley led 25-24 at halftime and 30-28 at the end of the third quarter. The Warriors finished strong, outscoring the visitors 11-2 in the final frame. 

Kennedy DeRuy scored 15 points to lead the Warriors, while Kayleigh Teeter added 10. Lily Black added seven points and Gliza Damaso chipped in six.



Lacy Stokes poured in 37 points to lead the Mountaineers. Stokes, a Missouri Southern recruit, hit two treys.

Ellie Johnston added 16 points for the Mountaineers, who outscored Marshfield 23-9 in the second period.